November 29, 2016
It's past Thanksgiving, but the president-elect continues to give voters plenty of things to be grateful for. With half of his Cabinet filled, Donald Trump added another solid conservative to his team in Congressman Tom Price (R-Ga.). The pro-life surgeon, who has been a longtime friend of FRC and families across the country, is the president-elect's pick to head up what has become one of the most powerful agencies in Washington: the Department of Health and Human Services.
As the New York Times put it, "If [Trump] wanted a cabinet secretary who could help him dismantle and replace President Obama's health care law, he could not have found anyone more prepared than Representative Tom Price…" For six years, the Georgia Chairman of the House Budget Committee has been leading the charge to topple President Obama's signature failure -- and as the head of the agency in charge of overseeing health care, he'll be in the perfect place to see that goal through to completion.
And based on today's polling, he'll have plenty of grassroots support when he does. A whopping eight in 10 Americans told Gallup this month that they'd like to see the law either fully repealed or significantly changed. Only 14 percent approve of the "Affordable" Care Act that continues to crush jobs, medical choices, family budgets, freedom, and conscience. "There is much work to be done to ensure we have a health care system that works for patients, families, and doctors," Price told reporters, "that leads the world in the cure and prevention of illness; and that is based on sensible rules to protect the well-being of the country while embracing its innovative spirit."
A respected leader on America's fiscal issues, Donald Trump couldn't entrust HHS's $1 trillion budget to a better person. As far as values go, you can't get any much more conservative than Rep. Price. For the last six terms, he's earned a perfect record on FRC Action's Vote Scorecard, hosted lectures here on his plans for replacing Obamacare, joined us for our nationwide webcasts on the topic, and been a regular on "Washington Watch" with me.
And as important as our endorsement may be of the pick, one look at Planned Parenthood's panicky statements should tell everyone that Trump's choice was the right one. The long-time pro-lifer "poses a grave threat to women's health," Cecile Richards warned. If he has his way, she went on, "millions of women could be cut off from Planned Parenthood's preventative health services." Let's hope she's right, because most Americans see the only thing Richards' group is "preventing" is parenthood. The real reason for the concern is that Congressman Price was the primary sponsor of the landmark 2015 Budget Reconciliation bill that would defund Planned Parenthood, cutting them off from the taxpayer-funded gravy train redirecting the funds to community health centers.
Unfortunately for taxpayers, President Obama was determined to continue Americans' forced partnership with the country's largest abortion business. Donald Trump's election offers the greatest chance of severing those ties since liberals opened the government's wallets to Richards's group decades ago. And that victory will be much sweeter with a secretary of HHS who's spent six terms fighting for that very thing! Hats off to Donald Trump for another solid pick in Tom Price. The Georgian may have a different job, but we still share the same vision: health care that respects life, freedom, and family options.
For more on the pro-life revolution possible under the new administration, check out this new op-ed from FRC's Cathy Ruse, "What a Trump Court Would Mean for Abortion."
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.